A&E to air documentary about Compton streets featuring The Game

Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
June 5, 2016 | 12:29 a.m.

Compton – A&E will air a 2-night miniseries about the streets of Compton featuring rapper the Game on June 9th at 9p.m. entitled Streets of Compton. Capitalizing off the success of the film, Straight Outta Compton, Creature Films and Entertainment One collaborated on the production of this documentary for A&E which will feature the rapper The Game.


The City of Compton is consider the cradle of Westcoast gangster rap after the success of 1980s rap group NWA gained national prominence with very controversial songs reflecting the real life of Compton.

Historically Compton was an all white suburb of Los Angeles during the first half of the 20th Century and home to two future US Presidents. During the 1950s when George H.W. Bush was working in the oil industry his family, including baby George W. Bush lived in Compton. After the US Supreme Court ruled that racial restrictive covenants were illegal in 1948, Blacks slowly started to move into Compton. White flight made the city of Compton a predominately Black city by the 1960s.

By the 1970s, deindustrialization, unemployment and growing crime rates turned Compton into an underclass city that was neglected by local, State and the federal government and the youth grew up marginalized and cut-off from mainstream society. By the 1980s, Compton became the hub of street gang activity and along with South LA they were ravaged with crack cocaine and epidemic crime rates. The conflict betweem the Compton Bloods (Pirus) and the Compton Crips became the iconic face of Compton.

The documentary explores all these issues with interviews of local residents, gang members and hip-hop music artists while The Game tours his own community and talks about gang culture and his experience with the Cedar Blocc Pirus. Interviews include Lil Easy E the son of NWA founder Eric Wright, DJ Yella member of the group NWA, Arabian Prince also an original member of NWA, DJ Speed, rapper Problem, rapper Payso, Compton’s Most Wanted rapper MC Eiht from Tragniew Park Compton Crips, Gang expert and professor Alex Alonso, Compton rapper AD, current Mayor of Compton Aja Brown and former mayors Omar Bradley & Eric Perrodin.

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